Getting up every morning can be difficult, and it doesn't get easier with same boring black coffee greeting you. Maybe you add some creamer occasionally, but that’s just not cutting it anymore. If you think you don’t have time to make a delicious drink so early in the morning, these eight easy coffee hacks will prove you wrong!
- Throw in some baking chocolate.
Baking chocolate isn’t the best to eat straight from the bag, but it’s a great pick-me-up for coffee. It adds the sweetness you so desperately desire. The best thing about baking chocolate is that it comes in so many different flavors: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and more.
One of the best drinks to make with baking chocolate uses Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips. Add 1/3 cup white chocolate chips to 2/3 cup hot brewed coffee and mix very well. Finally, add 1/3 cup of whole milk. Heat up the milk to keep the cup steaming hot.
- Stir in some sweetened condensed milk.
Sweetened condensed milk isn’t just for baking, either. You can crack open a can of sweetened condensed milk and add it to your brewed coffee. The sweetness and creaminess adds a nice perk to your morning. Recently, sweetened condensed milk has debuted in new flavors that include chocolate and caramel. Adding 2 or 3 tablespoons per cup of coffee will make a delicious beverage you won’t put down. Best of all, one can can last all week.
- Experiment with expensive roasts.
Buying the cheap coffee is tempting but it affects the flavor. Don’t buy the cheap stuff. More expensive roasts, such as those made by Gevalia, will provide a boost to your morning that makes even plain coffee a joy to drink. The extra dollar or two is worth it if you don't have to taste plain-jane, generic coffee again.
- Buy flavored syrups and sauces.
Every coffee shop has syrups and sauces, but they aren’t exclusive. You can buy these delicious additions at your local store. Whether it’s vanilla syrup or caramel sauce, grabbing quality flavoring is sure to spice up your cup. It’ll give you a hint of sweetness without overpowering you, because you get to control the sweetness and flavor. Love vanilla lattes? Add a couple of dashes of vanilla syrup to your cup with 1/3 cup whole milk. Mix up and enjoy!
- Add a splash of eggnog for a seasonal boost.
I’d be remiss if a seasonal drink didn’t make the list. Nothing puts you in a good mood more than adding a splash of eggnog to your morning coffee. Eggnog is best with coffee (and sometimes a splash of bourbon) because it cuts down on the richness. Plus, the homemade version is healthier than most coffee shop versions.
- Molasses lasts forever.
Getting a bottle of molasses can be a great investment. You don’t need much per cup, and it can perk up the sweetness of a coffee naturally. Adding only about 2 teaspoons of molasses will offer a unique flavor that no other sweetener can provide.
A great recipe to use molasses in also includes a dash of cinnamon, ginger, and a splash of vanilla extract. Throw in the 2 teaspoons of molasses with 2/3 cup coffee, and you have a great gingerbread flavor. You can also add 1/3 cup milk for a creamier taste.
- Whipped cream is perfect.
For a creamer consistency and taste, spray or drop a bit of whipped cream on the top of your morning coffee. It’ll mix into the coffee on its own in minutes. Many high-quality coffee shops love to include it as a light sweetener that will make your coffee delicious. Once purchased, it only takes two or three seconds to spray it on top or drop down a dollop.
- Sprinkle sea salt with a bit of caramel.
The caramel was already mentioned in sauce form earlier, but sea salt is another important ingredient for those who love salted caramel drinks. Grabbing sea salt and adding a small amount to your morning cup will boost the other flavors and add a unique taste that only salt can provide.